HPE Computer Coding Night Information - 10/22/2015
Our goal tonight is to introduce students to computer coding, or computer programming. We have several different options for students to try out tonight to help them learn a bit about coding, and to explore a field that promises to continue to grow over the years.
Cargo-Bot: Cargo-Bot is a puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates. Sounds simple, right? Try it out! It has a tutorial and several different levels to choose from, which can challenge kids of all skill levels.
Kodable: LOST IN SPACE: The fuzzFamily crashed their spaceship on Smeeborg and need your help to explore the planet's Technomazes. Use your finger to drag and drop instructions for your fuzzes to follow. Then hit Play to watch them roll through the maze with curiosity. BEWARE: Fuzzes are very LOGICAL and will follow every command exactly as you tell them! Get rewarded with stars, coins, and even EXTRA members of the fuzzFamily as you successfully complete mazes. Students will “create a profile” to start. They only need to enter their initials.
ScratchJr—Probably the best option for the younger kids who come: Snap together programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. In the process, children learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively.
Computer Rooms: Scratch and Code Studio will be used on computers and laptops
· Code Studio: Code Studio has created different games/tutorials to teach programming in a fun way. The Flappy Bird game has a good tutorial to walk students through the games in a fun way to get them coding independently. Here is the link: https://studio.code.org/flappy/1. Another option for students is their “Frozen” themed programming game, which is similar to Flappy Bird. https://studio.code.org/s/frozen/stage/1/puzzle/1. Both have video tutorials, as well.
· Scratch: Scratch is a website from MIT, through which students create their own stories, games, and animations by snapping together the available programming blocks. Along the right hand side of the screen, there is a section called “Getting Started with Scratch.” Select “Begin” to use the tutorial. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tip_bar=getStarted